Patidar has been playing for MP since 2015 and has bailed out his state team from tough situations in the past.

“Rajat sankat-mochan hai hamare team ka [Rajat is the problem-solver (another name for Lord Hanuman) of our team]. He has a habit of playing such knocks, but fans didn’t know about him earlier as none were shown live on TV. Now that he played a match-winning innings against Lucknow Super Giants, he has become the Hanuman of RCB, “Ishwar Pandey told The Indian Express about his Madhya Pradesh team-mate.

Patidar has been playing for MP since 2015 and has bailed out his state team from tough situations in the past. Having played four games for RCB in 2021, he went unsold in this year’s mega auction. A month after the auction in Bengaluru, he got a call from RCB head coach Sanjay Bangar, who told him that the franchise was interested in signing him as a replacement player. Patidar said yes as he replaced injured Luvnith Sisodia.

And on Wednesday, in the most important game of his IPL career, he slammed 112 off only 54 deliveries in the Eliminator against LSG at Eden Gardens.

The top-order player is from a business family that manufactures pipes used for irrigation. His family wanted him to join the business if he failed to make a cricket mark, but Patidar had other plans.

“He always wanted to play cricket, and his interest in the family business was last,” said Pandey.

“He loves playing cricket and never shies away from working hard.”

Patidar was a bowler who started taking his batting seriously after his Under-15 days. He then became a proper batter under the guidance of former India batsman Amay Khurasia.

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